The definition "service animal" or "assistance animal" will depend on the specific situation. In most situations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or definitions found in Texas law will apply. However, the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) have much broader definitions that can include animals commonly known as "emotional support animals." See the boxes below for information about service animals in housing and air travel.
Many people who use service animals or emotional support animals bring their animal with them when they go out in public. Below you will find information related to: restaurants, shops, schools, public transportation, service establishments, houses of worship, places of public gathering or entertainment, and more.
This e-book contains information on service animals. E-books can be viewed by those who have signed up for a free library account with the State Law Library. Only Texas residents are eligible to sign up. Signing up is free.
These organizations may be able to provide assistance to those with service animals or may be able to accept complaints about potentially unlawful behavior.